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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Devoted to or appreciative of music.
  • adj. Relating to a symphony orchestra.
  • n. A symphony orchestra or the group that supports it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A full-size symphonic orchestra.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Loving harmony or music.
  • n. One who loves harmony or music

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loving harmony; fond of music; music-loving.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large orchestra; can perform symphonies
  • adj. devoted to or appreciative of music
  • adj. composing or characteristic of an orchestral group

Etymologies

French philharmonique, from Italian filarmonico : Greek phil-, philo-, philo- + Greek harmonika, theory of music, from neuter pl. of harmonikos, musical; see harmonic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From phil- ("beloved, loved") + harmonic (Wiktionary)

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